20 Jan '13, 8am

In addition to the N. Atlantic horseshoe crab another genus is found in Asia!

In addition to the N. Atlantic horseshoe crab another genus is found in Asia!

Horseshoe crabs are sometimes encountered on our undisturbed shores, more often in our northern shores especially near mangroves. What is a horseshoe crab? The horseshoe crab is a strange, ancient creature that has been around since before the dinosaurs. It is not a crab or even a crustacean . It is more closely related to spiders and scorpions of the Class Arachnida. There are only four species of living horseshoes crabs in the world. Limulus polyphemus is found on the Atlantic coast. In Southeast Asia there are three: the Mangrove horseshoe crab (Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda ) which is also the smallest horseshoe, and the Coastal horseshoe crab (Tachypleus gigas ) and in Japan, China and southern Sabah are found the Chinese horseshoe (Tachypleus tridentatus ). Features: Adult body 15-25cm in diameter. Its shape is ideal for bulldozing through the mud and sand, and clingi...

Full article: http://www.wildsingapore.com/wildfacts/arthropoda/limulid...

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